Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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Count Dracula Halloween Party for Kids

Colorful decorations, yummy food, and fun projects all add up to a fun Halloween party for kids. And with Count Dracula heading the party's theme, expect to find a lot of numbers mingled into the festivities.

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    • Downloadable Party Invitations

      Mark your calendar for Count Dracula's big bash. Invite friends and family with invitations made with our exclusive computer graphics. Just download the colorful images, trim them, and mount them onto blank note cards.

    • Count Dracula Tablescape

      When Count Dracula pops up for some Halloween fun, let the games begin. Bright balloons, colorful candy, and friendly creatures make this table a treat! Stock the food table with brightly hued, kid-friendly munchies, such as oranges, grapes, and cheese popcorn.

    • Creepy Candy

      Turn clear glass jars into your favorite Halloween ghouls. Decorate the containers with Count Dracula, black cats, and bats, then fill them with candies and see who can guess how many morsels are inside.

    • Gotta Hand it to You

      These severed appendages come in hand-y at the serving table. Aluminum foil forms the structure of the hands and can easily be shaped to hold goodies and table-cards. Download our number-themed table-card pattern, a decoration the Count would surely approve.

    • Count on It

      Turn fun time into learning time for little ones just learning their ABCs and 1-2-3s. Numbered cookies keep with the counting theme and are a cinch to make. Using cookie cutters, cut out circles and numbers from refrigerated sugar cookie dough (or use your favorite recipe). Bake, cool and frost; then place the number cookies on top of the frosted circle cookies.

    • Spooky Spider

      A big green spider with a silly grin watches over the tower of snacks.

    • Popular Popcorn Balls

      Fun to make and yummy to eat, popcorn balls are great party fare. The food coloring-dyed treats add color to the cheerful table.

    • Silly Spiders

      These creepy critters are so simple to make, you'll have them crawling all over your fright-fest. Simply insert chenille stems into plastic foam balls you've spray-painted black. Glue on wiggle eyes for personality. Assembly is so easy that the whole family will want to get involved.

    • Get Crafty

      Keep kids entertained with a fun art project. Set up a craft station with kid-sized tables and chairs. To carry the count theme, cut oversized numbers out of cardboard, paint and prop up in the craft area.

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      Crafting Station

      Stock your crafting station with colorful plastic plates, crafts foam, colored crafts paper, child-safe scissors, glue, wiggle eyes, puffy paint, and other fun materials.

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      Plastic-Plate Ghoulies

      Children will love creating their own ghoulish friends. This fun craft will ignite the Halloween spirit and is a creative alternative to standard party games and entertainment.

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      Look What I Did!

      Give kids plenty of time to work on their creations. For the more speedy crafters, provide another activity to do while the other kids finish up.

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      Teamwork

      If you are hosting a younger crowd that may need some guidance with cutting and gluing, recruit a few adults to act as extra hands.

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      Frightfully Fun Wreath

      With cats over jack-o'-lanterns and bats atop ghouls, it's tricky to count all the faces on this wreath. Remind the kids to give themselves a point for every one they find. Craft your circle of Halloween friends using plastic plates, colorful papers, puffy paint, and our helpful instructions.

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      Dracula Party Favors

      Smaller clear-glass jars topped with Count Dracula himself make perfect party favors when filled with tasty treats.

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      Say Cheese!

      Pose kids with different party decorations and snap a few pictures. After the party, mail the photos as a "thanks for coming" memento.

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